Monday, October 10, 2016

Mary's Butterflies/Monarch Migration


My friend Mary called today and said I had to run over to see the Monarchs. She said bring your camera!  Mary leads the butterfly group here in our town that I've shared with you before. Mary has dedicated her entire backyard to butterfly plants and habitat that provide just what these special creatures need.



Imagine my delight when I got there and realized the butterflies were migrating with a stop right here in her yard! There were possibly a hundred butterflies right there with us.


Mary's feels that God called her to do something to help these creatures. 
Monarchs and other butterflies are losing their migration stopping places where they used to find lots of milkweed and other host plants. Development and use of herbicides is causing their food sources to disappear. 



If you've ever wondered what you could do to help the world...
plant things that pollinators love and invite them into your yard by 
refusing to use herbicides and pesticides.


This Monarch Migration was truly a miracle to behold.



I'm so glad Mary called today. :)



39 comments:

Sandra, Lowcountry.Felicity.Life. said...

Stacy, I love this post! I once lived in Pacific Grove CA where monarchs abound. It is wonderful that your friend is helping them on their southern migration and that you are spreading the word about the need for more pristine areas. Sandra

Sandra, Lowcountry.Felicity.Life. said...

Stacy, I love this post! I once lived in Pacific Grove CA where monarchs abound. It is wonderful that your friend is helping them on their southern migration and that you are spreading the word about the need for more pristine areas. Sandra

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

They are beautiful and thanks so much for the post. I have quite a few also. Have lots of milk weed in the back yard. I need to get some started in the front yard.

Have a great week.
Mary

Eilis said...

What a delightful post. Butterflies are almost magical (and they tend to hang out in some pretty places).

Lynn Bean said...

What beautiful majestic creatures! I just remarked to my husband how we used to see milkweed all of the time along the roadsides and no more. Wonderful pictures!

Katie Mansfield said...

How fun. I love this. I'm so glad she called you too.

Lady of the Manor said...

Your photos of the Monarchs are stunning! Bravo for Mary. Our community also has several butterfly gardens and they are a commitment. The payoff is so worth it though. Thanks for sharing!

Melanie said...

Wow! the butterflies are so beautiful and I'm so glad your friend is doing something to help them; good for her!

Diane | An Extraordinary Day said...

That is so wonderful! What an experience for you, too, Stacey!
I have seen so few Monarchs this summer here in Western Michigan... it's soo soo sad.

Art and Sand said...

Gorgeous butterflies.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

That's exciting! Wonderful photos! Thanks for sharing and have a great week ~ FlowerLady

Rita C. said...

Well, that was totally awesome, Stacey!

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

I love when the monarchs come- it's so amazing to watch them en masse. Magical flutterbys. :)
Have a great day, Stacey!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I have seen some monarchs in my tiny yard, Stacey. I have that same plant that you have in the picture. A friend gave me a start of it and she called it Blue Mist, and it is now too huge for where I planted it. I'm going to share with others!

Pam Richardson said...

Stacey, what a delight...the beautiful monarch! Great photos! Pam @ Everyday Living

Junkchiccottage said...

Stacey so glad Mary called you too. How beautiful. This is nature at its best.
Kris

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

We saw so many of these gorgeous butterflies at the Arboretum yesterday and they are all over our backyard too!
Love the monarch migration:)

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Stacey, How beautiful to see so many monarchs in one spot. Just amazing! Your friend has lovely plants in her yard to invite them to come. You sure captured some wonderful photos. They have incredible markings. God's artwork for sure! Have a great week. xo

Kathleen Grace said...

Butterflies are so magical! I barely saw any this year, and I always plant lots of flowers that the bees, butterflies and hummingbirds love. I am wondering if people used a lot of pesticides this year because of the zika virus scare and if that is going to harm everything else! I am grateful for people like your friend who provide a safe haven for these amazing creatures.

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

Gorgeous pics! We've had a lot of butterflies lately too, but nothing like this. What is the name of that purple flower? It's beautiful and obviously the butterflies love it too.

Creations By Cindy said...

Oh I love butterflies. What beautiful pictures. Recently while hunting in Ga. with my man I began to notice all the butterflies. They were everywhere! Beautiful! Enjoyed this post. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Jeanie said...

Oh, what a beautiful miracle! The butterflies are fabulous and you are so right about the habitat. How magical to see them in all their colorful glory, indeed, the loveliest of the butterflies, I think. (Though those blue ones are pretty darned amazing!)

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

When ever I see a butterfly, I think my Mom is visiting me from Heaven. She loved butterflies so much. What a wonderful thing you got to see! We plant pollinators for both bees and butterflies.

Bonnie said...

Stacy, This is awesome! I just shared your post with my Garden Club. We had a program on pollinators this morning.
I planted milkweed in my garden last spring but no luck with monarchs around here. I would be over the moon if one came to my yard! How exciting for you to see so many.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

What a gift for you! That is one of those moments that you know there is a Creator and what a great job He did!

Happy@Home said...

Three cheers for Mary for taking such good care of the Monarchs. How fun for you to see this in person. It must have been amazing. I have been seeing a few flying around my yard. Great reminder for us all to consider the butterflies when planting and tending to our gardens.
By the way, I made a new blog list for my sidebar. Yours is the only blog that isn't updating. I'll have to see if I can figure out why, but I'm glad I stopped by today.

thepaintedapron.com said...

Wow, how beautiful and how important!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

How wonderful to see! I planted that same flower for the butterflies, but right now my plant is all leaves and no flowers so they might not visit this year.

Botanic Bleu said...

Stacey,
Words escape me. Love seeing your photographs, love that your friend called you to see the monarchs, love your town is actively working to nurture monarchs... This post is just beautiful on so many levels.

Judith

My thrift store addiction said...

What a special time and such beautiful photos, Stacey! Thanks for sharing!

corners of my life said...

I can hardly imagine that such delicate creatures travel so far. Some fly as far as 3,000 miles to reach their winter home!

Lori said...

If you have Netflix, there is a great documentary on the Monarch migration. You have to watch where they all end up!

Jaybird said...

I have to go look at the other post and see what she planted for the butterflies. We have a fair sized bed that we want to plant for the bees, hummers and butterfly's. We feed them all sugar water, but it would be so much more simple if something was growing year to year. We had about 20 hummers spend the last 3 weeks of September with us. They are little imps!!
Thank you for this wonderful post!
Blessings,
J

Maria Brittis said...

Such a pretty flower garden, good luck in selling your home, its a ton of work
Maria

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What a wonderful sight to see in your area! I'll never forget seeing trees full of monarchs on a trip we took to California one year. It was the beginning of migration for them.

Sonia said...

That is awesome! We have had a nice number in our garden within the past few weeks. Hoping to see the numbers start to rise each year. Happy Fall!

Cecilia Bramhall said...

Oh my gosh that's fantastic! I really want to plant a butterfly garden. Love your photos!
Hugs
Cecilia

taylorlisa said...

It is such a treat to see colorful butterflies these days. You just don't see them as much as you used to.

Kim said...

I am always thrilled when I see just one butterfly, I can't imagine what it would be like to see so many in one spot. Magical. That is all I can think about...magical.